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Reliving ‘The Last Days at Mars Bar’ with Hank Penza [VIDEO]

Last modified April 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm

It’s been six months since former Mars Bar patriarch, Hank Penza, passed away. He was 82. And almost five years since his establishment shuttered. One of his closest confidantes, Jenny Woodward, had access to Penza (one of the few, actually) during the final weeks before Mars Bar closed in 2011. She filmed loads of conversations […]

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This Latest Mars Bar Replacement is a Botanical Dispensary Called ‘Alchemist’s Kitchen’

Posted February 1, 2016 at 5:00 am

Remember that newfangled Mars Bar replacement with the terrible name, NatureEs? Well, the juice bar/wellness center concept officially gave up the ghost back in mid-August and now carries a new identity. Somewhat perplexing this establishment was. The space carries a full liquor license and was long considered to be the second coming of Mars Bar […]

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Beloved Mars Bar Owner Hank Penza Dies at 82

Posted November 5, 2015 at 5:03 am

Word came down the pike yesterday that beloved bar owner Hank Penza passed away this week at the age of 82. While you may not have known the man, you most likely knew his establishment. Two words – Mars Bar. Clayton Patterson shared the sad news on social media, and noted simply, “He was one […]

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Mars Bar Replacement ‘NatureEs’ Reveals Itself, Opens May 11

Posted May 4, 2015 at 5:18 am

Jupiter is done with Mars. The long-awaited Mars Bar replacement at Jupiter 21 formally announced itself to the neighborhood over the weekend. NatureEs, the bland health-conscious juicery, finally deposed the brown window paper after a six-month build out period. Signage is also in the windows of 21 East First Street, and while you can sneak […]

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Mars Bar Replacement is Just another Organic Juice Bar Called ‘NatureEs’

Posted April 20, 2015 at 5:18 am

Mars Bar now lives only in your memory. There will be no return, not in any form. The dream of reboot at 21 East First Street is dead. Instead, a bland wellness cafe has taken its rightful position on a now antiseptic block. When investors first lined up before Community Board 3 a year ago, […]

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This First Interior Shot of Mars Bar Reboot is Enough to Ruin Your Day

Posted February 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

For the hopeful few who may have thought the Mars Bar reboot would channel the gritty predecessor, sorry to let you down, but it’s not happening. Gaze hither. Peeking through the punctured window paper of Jupiter 21 provides a glimpse of the overall vibe of the joint. That should be enough to dispel whatever hope […]

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Rumor: Sutra’s Ariel Palitz Involved in Mars Bar Reboot

Posted August 25, 2014 at 6:09 am

The rumor du jour is pretty juicy. Last week, we learned that Sutra Lounge owner Ariel Palitz is currently “in development” of another East Village endeavor. Details remain elusive at this juncture, other than how it’s “radically different” from her soon-to-close club. But the @NYnightlife gossip mill reports that Palitz is allegedly involved in the Mars […]

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CB3 Committee Approves Mars Bar, Denies EMM Group and The Derby

Last modified May 13, 2014 at 8:17 am

The monthly SLA subcommittee meeting for Community Board 3 transpired last night. As is the case every month, the evening went on forever. Eight agenda items were ogled over for five hours, and then we left. That could be a record, but we’re too tired to actually verify. Meanwhile, here are some notes about the […]

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Mars Bar Coming Back to 2nd Avenue in Some Form [UPDATED]

Last modified April 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Community Board 3 just unveiled its SLA docket for the month of May, and with it, a rather curious applicant. It appears that 11-17 Second Avenue, that glass eyesore now known as Jupiter 21, might get a bar after all. But is it Mars Bar? At the moment, the schedule shows an entity called “Paul […]

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TD Bank Unveils Signage on the Mars Bar Gravesite

Posted February 25, 2014 at 6:05 am

There goes any glimmer of hope that Mars Bar would return to the corner of Second Avenue and East First Street. TD Bank officially planted its flag in the base of the soulless Jupiter 21 building yesterday afternoon, a year after first announcing the location. We spotted workers with blow torches ironing on the window […]

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